OG Review: Samsung Champ C3300 / C3303

The samsung champ is another touchscreen mobile that goes on the lines of the samsung star and corby series. The Champ can be termed a mini touchscreen (wonder why it isn’t called mini) that features a 2.4″ touchscreen and a super lightweight built. Costing below Rs 5000 (US $110) this is a low cost dumb touchscreen phone.

Lets have a quick look at the Spces:

  • 2.4″ resistive touchscreen (240 x 320 pixels)
  • 1.3MP camera, video recording supported
  • Touchwiz Lite UI
  • FM
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 30 MB inbuilt memory, Micro SD expansion (1GB card bundled)
  • Battery Li-on 1000 mAh
  • wt. 80 gms


As you would have seen in the unboxing video this is one of the smallest full touchscreens out there. On the sides you have the volume and lock / sleep keys and the charger and 3.5mm headset jack on the top. On the front you have a dual speaker placed on the top and bottom of the screen and 3 buttons below the screen (yes, no and back).

This thing also packs in a little stylus on the back, however no replacement pieces for the stylus are bundled in the box incase you end up losing one. The body and finishing is similar to the Corby series though the plastic doesn’t look that rich and shiny.


The touchscreen on the Champ is resistive and using it is frustrating at times (though existing Corby Pro / Star users didn’t complain). While the corby / star series had larger screens to accommodate the resistive screen, but this one is very difficult to use with fingers. Given the small touchscreen and low resolution (240×320) you don’t have any scope for a onscreen qwerty here. The T9 is your friend for typing and that takes up more than 2/3 of the screen when you are typing any text. If you have used the Corby / Star series models you would naturally feel the fonts appearing bigger. The touchwiz lite UI is pretty much what we have seen from Samsung on its touchscreens. 4 home screens with widgets / shortcuts and the 4 menu pages.

The dual speakers give good output, music lovers would like that and the image editor comes in as a handy feature allowing you to rotate, crop, flip etc. This is a good addon over the Corby Pro.

The Champ is promoted as a music phone and perhaps that’s necessary for Samsung as this ain’t a great one for usage over the basic functions. Heck even for basic functions you can’t really target the youth with a SMS inbox of just 500. One good thing packed herein is the backup function, that gives some relief.

The Champ packs in a 1000 mAh battery compared to the 960 mAh on the Samsung Corby Pro. Given the smaller screen size we expect the battery performance to be much better than the Corby. Samsung claims a 10 hour talk time and while we haven’t really put it to extreme test, we are certain it won’t disappoint you.

Camera sample:

Sample video from Samsung Champ on Youtube (yes it is that bad)


A low cost touchscreen that might add some glamour with a cute design and jazzy promos. A very basic camera and the inefficiencies of the Star / Corby repeated. Folks there isn’t any innovation here, just that your gal might end up falling for the looks or the loud music… we aren’t impressed & this remains a low cost touchsceen that you won’t like for any internet use.

PS: Monte still remains our pick from Samsung!

With inputs from Tripti Mehta

Quick Video tour of the Samsung Champ:

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  • Hi all,
    Got this for Rs. 4050/- a week back. This was with CAM. Pink Color. This PHONE is too good, entry level touch phone. Very crisp at the requrried application that you will use regularly. Browsed Internet as well.
    One word with the experience I had with this phone>>It is indeed a CHAMP.
    In BigBazar Bangalore, this week it was offered for Rs. 4000/- (with CAM modle).
    I strongly recommend this to all the user who would go for touch modles.
    Every Rupee is worth.
    Sound clarity with the dual speakers is very good.
    GO FOR IT. Go for CHAMP…

  • I want to buy this samsung champ but they say it is small? Please tell me how good and bad this samsung champ is? Asap:-D

    • well its a nice phone but just a day later bought its back and call buttons stopped working….i don’t know what caused the problem but I am sure that i didn’t do anything to it.

  • I got this phone 2 days ago. It is great! very handy and cute. The thing I like the most about this CHAMP is its music features though it is not quad band, the sound is clear and crisp… Very cheap for a touch screen phone..go get yourself a champ! I’m sure you’ll like it too. It’s worth your money!!

  • its really a great phone even the camera is only vga but take good photos in good light u can surely go 4 it but the game memory is only 3mb so if u r a internet freak or like to install a lot of app in ur phone then u have to think about it on the whole its a very good buy just 4000 is not much 4 a touchscreen

  • its really a great phone i bought it one month ago and still using it works very well even the camera is only vga but take good photos in good light u can surely go 4 it but the game memory is only 3mb so if u r a internet freak or like to install a lot of app in ur phone then u have to think about it on the whole its a very good buy just 4000 is not much 4 a touchscreen

  • Hello, All

    Im Using Champ for 2 Months. But You Know it is a Very Bad Local Phone. I Like it Very much But the phone is now in Full of Complaint. After 1st Month the phone Died. And I Replaced Then After Two Weeks The Display Also Gone. I replaced the Display Once More and Now It has No Video and Camera Support. The Phone will Hang When we Open It. Now Iam Going to the Samsung Service Centre for Another Repair.

    So I Advice Please Do not fall in the Cheat. PLZZZZ Its Very Very Bad Phone..

  • Wanna buy it. Bt confused. 1 says itz gud, 1 says itz faulty. Whom i trust. I decide to trust SAMSUNG. Anyway wanna comments.

  • I think a good phone because it all fully loaded of features r awesome

    I want to know that Did it really Have HTML Browser ?????

  • M also very confused that whether its good or not…..sum saying dat touch screen would get damaged soon…so m very confused.PLS SUGGEST WHAT TO DO

  • i bought my champ yesterday…nd the moment i saw tht…it was like wow…
    bt after one day it is not working. it died…and i m heading towards the customer

  • this fone rocks i ve had it for a month n i stl cnt find any flaws at first it was a bit tricky but nw i ve gt the hang of it n i thnk its grt.camera is fine.music is grt coz it has two speakers at the front.great fone.

  • This handsome handset looks great in the dimensions of 96.3 x 53.8 x 13 mm. Also, This looker is super smooth and light on the hand and can easily slip in your pouches.

    Samsung c3300

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